Vindolanda, which is still an active archeological site. Occupied for 300 years by Roman soldiers and their families, the site has been a treasure trove of ancient artifacts.
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here; it's a very impressive list). I took an overnight train from Copenhagen to visit him (which was an adventure in itself, complete with hurricane-force winds, scary Germany boarder police with big flashlights at 2 am, and a Soviet-era train compartment with folding beds). Bobby has been to Bonn before, and we've both been to neighboring city Cologne (remember that blog post about eating 7 different animals in a 40 hour period?), so Bobby surprised me and took me to the town of Aachen to visit my ancestor! In order to visit, we had to stop by the Aachen Cathedral. The octagon and cupola you see here were first erected around 800 A.C.E.!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Hofmann bakery. We were lucky enough to stay just a few blocks away from Hofmann, which is one of the best bakeries in Barcelona. We tried their croissants filled with mascarpone and one filled with raspberry jam. I was hoping they would have their mango-filled croissant, which I had been recommended to try, but they didn't make any on the two days we visited. Oh well, we were quite happy with our selections!
June 2009. The nice thing about going to a city you've already been to is that there is less pressure to visit everything since you've already seen so much of it. We therefore didn't feel any guilt about just wandering and meandering around. We still saw a few historical sites, like the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. There was a concert of some traditional Catalan dance music outside of the cathedral; there were many older (and even a few younger) people wearing special shoes dancing in a big circle. One man was energetically waving the Catalan flag.
Pitarra, is housed in an old clock-makers studio and there are many different clocks all over the walls. The food was pretty good, though a bit under-seasoned. We started with some local mushrooms, which were served with Iberico ham, prawns, and parsley sauce.
All in all, we had a really lovely weekend relaxing in Barcelona. We spent out time wandering around, eating well, sipping cafés, and enjoying each other's company. A perfect weekend away!